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EB2 Backup: Good, but some key issues
Got this light a few months ago, so I thought I'd finally give it a brief review.
Overall, this light is quite impressive. It's my third Surefire, after my L2 Lumamax and LX2 Lumamax and, though the EB2 is significantly brighter than the L2/LX2, I find the EB2 to be more problematic. I have two big issues with the EB2.
First, is the seemingly parasitic battery drain. With irregular use, and always storing the light in the lock-out position, I still find myself replacing the batteries significantly more often than either the L2 and LX2, even when taking into consideration the higher output of the EB2.
The second issue with the EB2 is the tendency for the light to flash at high output when turning off (I have the tactical switch). For example, with the light on low-output, it will regularly flash the high output (much like a camera flash) when I cycle from low-output to the off position. Referring to many Candlepowerforum reviews, it appears that many others are having this same issue with the light. Obviously, this might be somewhat of a large concern for those in law enforcement, military, and in hunting applications, where an unintended bright surge of light may give away your position, or draw the attention of animals you may be hunting.
Finally, I have a slight issue with the fit and finish of this light. Given the price and reputation of Surefire, I have come to expect nothing but exceptional all-around quality in their lights. However, the button on the tailcap of the light I received was bent. Also, considering that the packaging of the light was undamaged, I am led to believe that this was an issue with product manufacturing itself. Though this isnt a big issue, it's still something that's annoying, given the price of the light and Surefire's reputation.
Overall, the light is pretty great; however, in the event of a natural disaster or something to that effect, I would be reaching for my L2 or LX2 before my EB2, strictly for the issues I listed above and the effect those issues have had on my overall confidence with the EB2.
Reviewed by BrightScientist (Posted on 9/27/15)
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Dont be fooled!
Dont let this light fool you with its subtle stance. It has the same output as a E2D ultra and almost same run times, except you can bring this to places and not have to worry about it being taken away at an airport for it being too aggressive.
Good for: hikers, campers, backpackers, preppers, LEOs, search and rescue, late hangouts, campfire stories, throwing out the trash, fridge raid, checking under the bed and closet, stargazing and calling Batman.
Reviewed by EDC ready (Posted on 2/23/15)
Nearly perfect EDC light
I bought my EB2 as soon as they were available. I had been carrying an EB1 for a while but I wanted more light. The EB2 is an incredible light. I carry it every where every day clipped inside my pocket. The high output is painfully bright to an attacker and the size and shape of the light are perfect to use as an improvised Kubaton type defensive tool should the need arise.
I used it to shoo away a very aggressive panhandler in the Buckhead district of Atlanta a few days after receiving the light. The bum was about two feet away and jumped back and acted like he'd been stunned when the 500 lumens hit him in the face. He tripped and fell off the sidewalk and scuttled away.
There are two small but annoying issues I have with the EB2. First is the pocket clip design is fundamentally flawed. The clip is stamped spring steel that fits into a dovetail on the aluminum body of the EB2. Right at the dovetail part of the clip is a scalloped cut. It creates stress risers in the metal clip which will always eventually crack and fail with use. I've gone through 3 clips and I'm about to order a 4th. They seem to last about 3-4 months tops for me. The EB1 clip is a different design and doesn't have this problem. I love the way the EB2 clip works and clips in my pocket but the dovetail interface needs to be redesigned and fixed. I don't want to lose a very expensive light and I don't want to have to fish around in my pocket fumbling for it if I need it to ward of an aggressive animal or human.
The second design issue is the unshrouded button on the EB2. The EB1 activation button is shrouded to prevent unintentional activation of the light. The EB2's button is not and the light is 150% brighter and hotter than it's diminutive little brother. I have had the EB2 get switched accidentally a few times while doing physically strenuous work. The first time I got into my car and drove for about 30 minutes before I realized that my leg was getting very hot. The light was on and I shut it off. When I got home at the end of the day I had what felt like a sunburned spot about 6 inches in diameter on my upper thigh for about two days.
Reviewed by JimC (Posted on 4/17/14)
This is my first SureFire product. I started carrying a backup flashlight in my pocket. I have had my main light fail, and a backup should be carried by all. This light is excellent in all aspects of what a backup flashlight should be. I have the tatictal switch version. I like that I can keep it from turning on by accident. Very impressed with this product.
Reviewed by Russ (Posted on 2/11/14)
I really like this flashlight. This is my 6th from Surefire since 1996. You guys have really outdone yourself's with this model. The EB2 Backup will be on my side, literally 24/7. I also think you guys did the tactical tailcap just right too. A Deliberate push all the way in, gives you the 500 lumens. Gingerly light push, gives you the map reading 5 lumen level. So under stress(tactical situation), when you push the tailcap all the way in, it's at it's brightest. It's a seamless act, from zero to 500. Good Job Surefire !
Reviewed by Steve Fishman (Posted on 12/29/13)
ultra bright, ultra light. i use it for hunting and I never have to worry about not recognizing my surroundings, just a quick spotlight and i'm locked in. A great light, highly recommend it
Reviewed by BuiltFordTough (Posted on 12/4/13)
Very impressed with this one. This is my 4th or 5th surefire in the last 8 years. Its amazing how far LED's have advanced in the past 4 years. I agree with a previous reviewer that the low beam could be a bit brighter since most of the time I try to use that setting to conserve battery life. This is the first time I chose a tactical switch, and I think I am going to like it very much.
To make this the PERFECT Illumination Tool, make the low beam at 15 - 20 lumens, or better yet, make let it have 3 settings. (5-25-500) Also, since I carry this or my EB-1 Backup clipped in my pants pocket, my aging hands and skin would be very grateful if a clip sheath was included that could be slid over the clip when its not needed and then easily slid away or off when you need the clips functionality. It great to have a clip, however, that can be used in either direction.
Keep up the great work and designs, SUREFIRE.
Reviewed by W. Yazolino (Posted on 10/17/13)
EB-2 back up
Click tail cap switch would not work,I was going to return it,but it started working,so far one week later it seems ok,also I got the tan finish,it's uneven,and seems thin on light head,I would get the black next time the tan is inferior anodizing ,wiill never order that finish again
Reviewed by George A. Brudnak (Posted on 10/16/13)
EB2 Backup - Nice Light But...
Overall, this unit is is quite similar to other SureFires of similar design; the LumaMax, the Outdoorsman, and others with the TIR lens etc and meets expectations of SureFire quality. The 500 lumen high output is nothing short of stunning. A tiny flashlight that lights up like a high beam car headlight. My complaint is the low level output is a little too low given the likelyhood of using that setting most of the time.
The other big disappointment is no lanyard included and there doesn't seem to be one made as an accessory. Perhaps it is because this flashlight is threaded at both ends of the barrel. The tailcap for on/off, and lamphouse for battery replacement doesn't allow for a rigid channel in which to place the lanyard slip ring.
Reviewed by J.E. Harmon (Posted on 10/16/13)
|Output / Runtime -- White Light|
|High||500||.0||lumens / 2.25 hours**|
|Low||5||.0||lumens / 67 hours*|
** Runtime (at highest setting for multiple-output
lights) until output drops below 50 lumens.
The EB2 Backup is a slender, compact dual-output flashlight with a stunning 500-lumen maximum output that can be used as a primary or backup light for patrol officers or a duty light for plainclothes officers. It's also ideal for everyday-carry, self-defense, or outdoor applications. The EB2 features an ultra-high-output, virtually indestructible LED emitter and a precision Total Internal Reflection (TIR) lens that create a high-intensity beam optimized for both reach and situational awareness.
Click-type switch - Partially press tailcap pushbutton for momentary-on high output; press further to click constant-on high. Return to off and press or click again within two seconds for low output.
The EB2's max-output 500-lumen beam is ideal for identifying potential threats and overwhelming their vision. Its five-lumen low-output setting is perfect for reading a map, checking an ID, or navigating in low light with minimal degradation of your dark-adapted vision. The EB2 Backup can run at this low-output level for 67 hours on a set of two 123A lithium batteries, a valuable feature for outdoor, emergency, or other uses where you may not have easy access to spare batteries.
A tough, lightweight Mil-Spec hard-anodized aluminum body protects the EB2's sophisticated electronics, and its smooth contours minimize clothing snag and pressure points. A two-way clip permits secure head-up or head-down carry, as well as field-expedient hands-free lighting if clipped to the bill or brim of a hat. Available in Black.
For a smaller, lighter-weight version of this flashlight, see our one-battery EB1 Backup.
- Virtually indestructible LED emitter regulated to maximize output and runtime
- Two output levels — high for maximum light, low for extended runtime
- TIR lens produces tight beam with plenty of reach and enough surround light for peripheral vision
- Coated tempered window resists impact, maximizes light
- High-strength aerospace aluminum body, Mil-Spec hard anodized for extreme durability
- Two-way clip permits light to be carried bezel up or down
- Weatherproof O-ring and gasket sealing
- Available in Black
- Includes high-energy 123A batteries with 10-year shelf life